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Steven Iver Thompson, 69

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Steven Iver Thompson, age 69, of River Falls, formerly of Woodville, passed away Sept. 21, at the River Falls Area Hospital.

Steve was born Feb. 27, 1944, in Baldwin, Wis.; the 13th of 15 children born to Iver Richard and Gena Ovidia (Hugdahl) Thompson. Steve attended the Cloverleaf country school from grades 1-8. He was confirmed into Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville. He attended Baldwin Woodville High School and graduated with the class of 1962. He went on to further his education at UW-Madison, completing an Agricultural Short Course.

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Steve was united in marriage on Jan. 14, 1966, to Kay Elizabeth Achterhof at the First Reform Church in Baldwin. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Lisa and Paula. Steve enjoyed farming for many years on the family dairy farm and was awarded the Outstanding Young Farmer Award from the Baldwin Woodville Jaycees in 1976.

Steve went back to school to obtain an Aircraft and Powerplant license and took a job in Everett, Washington, where he and Kay lived for five years. During their time in Washington they enjoyed skiing, hiking and whale watching. In a search to return home Steve took a job with Northwest Airlines where he worked for several years with his most recent job at Compass Airlines in Minneapolis for the last two years.

Outside of work, Steve had many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed wood working, stained glass, golfing, racing snowmobiles and bowling. He had a great appreciation for the outdoors and took pleasure in hunting, fishing, trap shooting, and skiing. He also enjoyed dancing to polka music, traveling, making lefse and playing board games and cards with his family. He enjoyed trips to Hawaii, Canada, and a cruise to Alaska and through the Panama Canal. Most important to Steve was his family, he especially cherished his time with his four grandchildren.

Steve will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 47 years, Kay; daughters, Lisa (Thomas) Smith of Wilson, and Paula (James) Naughton of River Falls; grandchildren: Gavin Naughton, Luke Naughton, Hannah Smith and Wyatt Smith; siblings: Jean Swenby, Eileen Duvall, George "Bud" (Arlene) Thompson, Bruce (Diane) Thompson, Gordy (Audrey) Thompson, Ralph (Lori) Thompson, Jerry (Shelda) Thompson and Linda Mulheron; sisters-in-law: Lois Thompson, Dori Thompson, Dorothy Thompson, Sandy (Dave) Hoogenakker; and brothers-in-law, Butch Schmidt, Steve (Trudy) Achterhof, and Tom (Judy) Achterhof.

Steve is also survived by many other loving relatives and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Iver and Gena Thompson; siblings: Doug Thompson, Stan Thompson, Mick Thompson, Donnie Thompson, Kathy Schmidt and Mark Thompson; brothers-in-law, Verle Swenby and Norm Duvall; sisters-in-law, Betty and Judy Thompson.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin, Wis. and one hour prior to the service at church. A memorial service celebrating Steve's life will take place 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the First Reformed Church, 1120 Eleventh Ave., Baldwin, with Rev. Tim Sluiter officiating. Interment will take place at the Baldwin Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to New Richmond Cancer Center and the Amery Gun Club.

Funeral services are entrusted to O'Connell Family Funeral Home and Countryside Crematory of Baldwin (715) 386-3725.

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